Chelsea 3 I Have A Dream Foundation

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation


322 Eighth AveNew York, NY 10001 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Chelsea 3 "I Have a Dream" Program is to imbue children with the knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and fortitude to reach their potential. Two consecutive classes of first grade children living in the Elliott-Chelsea housing development have the opportunity to participate in the "I Have a Dream" Program. This comprehensive after-school program fosters academic, creative, civic, personal, and social development. We provide Dreamers with tutoring, remedial instruction, arts and recreation activities, mentoring, and mental health services. Recognizing that family and community involvement is crucial to a child’s success, The Chelsea 3 "I Have a Dream" Program offers a network of support and services for families. Family members are encouraged to be active participants and work closely with the "I Have a Dream" staff. A diverse group of volunteers and interns bring their strengths and passions to the program.


I Have A Dream Foundation began in 1981 when a man named Eugene M. Lang returned to the elementary school he attended as a child and was told the majority would not finish high school. This prompted him to promise college tuition to every sixth grader who stayed in high school and graduated. Lang then told the class to witness Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech and went on to hiring a full-time program director, urging students to dream big and promising to help them achieve their goals; thus creating the I Have A Dream Foundation.

Community and education are the center of I Have A Dream Foundation. We provide opportunity and assistance to families in Chelsea, Manhattan and offer a network of support and services for Dreamers through their college years, so they can achieve their educational and career goals. The Chelsea 3 I Have A Dream Program cares for approximately 59 children grades 3 through 6 and Dreamers have access to resources such as tutoring and mentoring with interns of all different backgrounds. We pride ourselves in providing a safe and stimulating environment for youth grades to grow and learn together and as individuals.


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